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News United Nations General Assembly recognizes Human Right to Water and Sanitation

On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly – in a landmark vote - recognised the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.


Private Water Operators celebrate the recognition of the Human Right to water and sanitation by the United Nations General Assembly.

This resolution must be used to turn the Right into a Reality for the billions of people who do not enjoy proper water services


"For private water operators, this global recognition is an important milestone. Our members and our Federation have been working actively with the United Nations and many other stakeholders for a decade to ensure that the Right to Water and Sanitation is recognized, that it is practical and can be implemented. This UN resolution is welcomed because it is a stepping stone that should increase the commitment of national governments to ensuring that all their population enjoy the multiple benefits of having access to adequate water and sanitation services.

Access to safe clean water and sanitation is truly vital: it is essential for life and necessary for health, education, dignity, gender equality, employment, social and economic development and quality of life.


The UN member states have now to work on the implementation of this human right. They have to empower appropriate public authorities, clarify their obligations and make sure that they mandate capable field operators to make this right effective for people" said Gerard Payen, President of AquaFed.

See also:

Historic recognition of Human Right to Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation at UN

Contact information Thomas VAN WAEYENBERGE,AquaFed - The International Federation of Private Water Operators, 6 rond point Schuman Box 5 - B1040 Brussels - Belgium (email: )
Phone: +32 2 234 78 08 ; M: +32 479 23 78 26 ; Skype: "vw.thomas"
News type Inbrief
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File link local UNGA-RTWS_AquaFed_Press Release_Ter_Pc_EN_2010-07-29.pdf (PDF, 37 Kb)
Source of information Aquafed
Keyword(s) right to water, right to sanitation, human right
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News date 29/07/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH